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Monday 19 March 2018

Rise in divorce parties

Divorce, it seems, has turned into a party – special cakes and all.

Event planners, bakers, lawyers and academics have noted the rise of "divorce parties" over the last few years. "I've taken to naming them freedom fests," said Richard O'Malley, a US event planner who organised one divorce party that cost a woman about $25,000 (€18,400).


A classical trio are hoping to send their audience to sleep.

The group have written a piece especially to encourage listeners to start snoring and are even supplying cushions at the Salisbury venue. The work, called 'Sleep', is by Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, singer Joanna Wallfisch and sound artist Teemu Korpipaa.


Astronaut Scott Kelly is gearing up for a one-year space station stint next spring. And his twin brother will be offering more than his usual moral support.

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly will be joining in from Earth. He will undergo medical testing before, during and after his brother's flight. It is part of an unprecedented study of twins by NASA.


Star Wars film 'The Empire Strikes Back' has been voted the greatest movie of all time in a poll of more than 250,000 film fans.

The film topped a poll of 301 titles in 'Empire magazine', beating mafia masterpiece 'The Godfather' into second place.


Leading scientists have appealed to world health bosses not to clamp down on e-cigarettes.

A total of 53 experts from 15 countries including the UK wrote to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to urge it not to "control and suppress" the devices, saying they have the potential to save millions of lives.


Michael Barrymore will discuss his fall from grace and the death of Stuart Lubbock who was found dead in his pool after a party when he appears on 'The Jeremy Kyle Show' next month.

The former TV star is taking part in one of a series of celebrity specials.

Irish Independent

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